NFL Spreads: Super Bowl 50 Against the Spread Prediction

Frank Doyle | Updated Jan 25, 2016

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The Super Bowl 50 point spread opened with the Carolina Panthers set as 4.5-point favourites against the Denver Broncos.

Setting the Super Bowl point spread is no small task. It’s the biggest event on the sports betting calendar and a miscalculation on the spread can cost sports books serious cash. In the opening Super Bowl 50 point spread, the Carolina Panthers are set as 4.5-point favourites against the Denver Broncos and if early action is any indication, that line could grow before kickoff.

The early action has 72 percent of bettors backing the Panthers on the point spread and you can keep track of all Super Bowl 50 odds here leading up to the final game of the NFL season. The Panthers are 13-5 against the spread this year while the Broncos are 9-8-1 against the spread.

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Point spread: Carolina Panthers -4.5

Over/under: 45.5

Denver Broncos

In a Hollywood ending, Peyton Manning would orchestrate a game winning drive and throw a perfect touchdown pass before lifting the Lombardi Trophy and being named Super Bowl MVP as he announces his retirement. That’s a lot to wish for. The Broncos pounded the Patriots with their running game and bulldozed the New England offensive line all day in the AFC Championship, but that’s unlikely to happen against Carolina. The Broncos will need a couple of turnovers and to find a way to contain Carolina’s big-play offence. Denver’s defence is allowing an average of only 17.7 points per game in its last four so the team certainly has the roster to make this a low-scoring battle. If the Broncos can move the chains on the ground and control the clock, they should be within striking distance in the second half.

Carolina Panthers

Is there anything Cam Newton can’t do? Behind a rock-solid offensive line, Newton has had a season for the history books and now has a chance to cap off the year with football’s biggest prize. His mobility inside and outside the pocket forces opposing defences to play honest in the secondary and he can turn allude blitzes to make huge plays down the field. What sets Carolina apart from some of the best teams in the NFL is its ability to win games in a variety of different ways. The Panthers have scored at least 30 points in nine of their last 10 games and allow just 19.2 points per game on the year. They were thought to be a run-dependant offence before Newton threw for more than 3800 yards in the regular season with few legitimate receiving threats. Now, the Panthers are comfortable in all game situations and excel at exposing the opposition’s weaknesses.

Super Bowl Prediction

The Denver Broncos are largely a one-dimensional team that uses its running game to set up specific passing opportunities when Peyton Manning identifies a weakness in a defence’s coverage. That worked well against the Patriots, but it’s hard to imagine a situation where Carolina allows Denver to establish a consistent running attack. If the running game isn’t moving the chains or if the Broncos fall behind early, they’ll have to throw caution to the wind and have Manning fire downfield – which is a recipe for disaster against Carolina’s secondary. This Super Bowl point spread could grow as the game nears, so if you like the Panthers, place your bets early.

Carolina Panthers 24, Denver Broncos 17